Zuma's fate to be decided today

"The NWC will meet tomorrow", ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule told Bloomberg, referring to the national working committee that's one of the highest decision-making structures. "Everything is under control".

This happened after a meeting between Zuma and the ANC's new top six leaders on Sunday night at the presidential guesthouse in Pretoria.

Zuma is expected to deliver what is likely to be his final State of the Nation Address on Thursday.

ANC defenders under the banner of #DefendLuthuliHouse have vowed to form a human chain around the party's headquarters in Johanensburg to stop protesters marching in support of Zuma.

Those privy to the discussion said they expected the meeting to be a hard one as Zuma has made it clear to his inner circle that he would not be resigning any time soon and he was even prepared to risk being ousted through a parliamentary impeachment process or a motion of no confidence, which would see him forfeiting retirement benefits such as, among others, a salary for life.

However, ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa's supporters say they'll protect Luthuli House, labelling the pro-Zuma marches reckless amd misdirected.

Former Gauteng premier and former Cope leader Mbhazima Shilow tweeted that this would be the second time in Zuma's career that he had refused to resign.

On Sunday morning, ANC national chairperson Gwede Mantashe told a congregation at a Katlehong church that the meeting was to ensure stability in the country.

Mr Ramaphosa, the deputy president, defeated Mr Zuma's preferred candidate, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

On Friday‚ opposition parties said the ANC's failure to convince Zuma to relinquish power would be an indication that the party was unfit to govern.

"President Zuma embodies the antithesis of the core principles of what it means to be a good leader".

He added that the best way to achieve this would be to go to Zuma and say "look we're not booting you out but we think we can work better this way". The group's convener, Mkhululi White reportedly said Zuma's removal is a matter of urgency.

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